Business Continuity Apex

Business Continuity Apex

If disaster strikes, is your Apex business ready for the repercussions? A disaster is the exact reason a business continuity plan is essential, and it will provide security in knowing your organization has the best possible shot at success.  When disaster arrives, you need to put a current, tested plan in the hands of all personnel responsible for carrying out every portion of that plan. The lack of a plan doesn’t just mean your organization will take longer than necessary to recover from an event or incident. The lack of a business continuity plan for your Apex business may mean you could go out of business.

CII Technology Solutions stands ready to work with your team to design the most effective plan designed for the success and sustainability of your Apex business.  What is an Apex business continuity plan? A business continuity (BC) denotes the maintenance of operational business functions or quick resuming therein when an event or disaster causes a major business disruption.  These disruptions can be the result of a hurricane, fire, flood, or malicious cyber-criminal attack. A strategic business continuity plan puts in place procedures and instructions an organization must follow during such events or disasters; it covers business processes, assets, human resources, business partners, etc.

A disaster recovery plan, which focuses specifically, on replacing IT infrastructure, is just one vital part of a complete business continuity plan for your Apex business.  Failure to address every piece is planning to fail and CII Technology Solutions can guide you in making sure everything is addressed. Restoring IT is vital for most Apex companies, many disaster recovery solutions are available. Does your IT team have what they need to implement the solutions? What about the rest of your business functions? Your company’s future depends on your people and processes.

CII has a team of experts dedicated to the development and assessment of continuity plans across many industries. If your Apex business doesn’t have a BC plan in place, we recommend starting by assessing your business processes, determining which areas are vulnerable, and the potential losses if those processes go down for a day, a few days or a week. Once we have finished with the assessment, the next critical steps need to be made to develop a strategic plan:

  1. Identification of the scope of the plan.
  2. Identification of key business areas.
  3. Identification of critical functions.
  4. Identification of dependencies between various business areas and functions.
  5. Determine the acceptable downtime for each critical function.
  6. Create a plan to maintain operations.

Once the plan is in place, it is vital to test for efficiency and viability. A disaster is the ultimate test, however if it is not sufficient or there are planning issues, then it is possibly too late for adjustments.  Testing of your plan can be done in a variety of ways including:

  • A table top exercise
  • A structured walk-through
  • Disaster Simulation testing

When testing your plan, we recommend the inclusion of new employees or employees who have not experienced the plan.  These new fresh set of eyes can locate or shine light on inconsistencies or glaring problems with the plan.

Our CII Technology Solutions Apex Team working in conjunction with your team of professionals, will work through every step of the business continuity process.  Upon completion, you will have a plan that will insure the continual operation of your business under any potential scenario.  Contact our team at (919)676-8300 to start the process of laying out a plan for your Business Continuity, in Apex.